Monday, February 29, 2016

Doof Of The Week: Bethany Conerly


This week's Doof of the Week is our amazingly talented and incredibly kind friend, Bethany. Her spirit is so warm, so friendly, and so loving. Plus, she has a voice like an angel! Meet this amazing person, and see why we just can't get enough of her...  

What are you listening to/watching/reading right now?

I last watched Chuck on Netflix, which has so many good things about it, and my friend recently got me to watch Gilmore Girls so I’m hooked on that now. I’ve been dancing around to Grizfolk and Typhoon, and also Andy Shauf, The Staves, Bahamas, Kaleo, Day Wave … I'm currently slowly rereading The Perks of Being a Wallflower for the third time and I just started A Walk in the Woods for one of my classes which is an english class linked with a wellness class and that has been interesting. We also read a motivational book, Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, which was a different kind of read for the classroom setting.

What is your latest discovery?

How much fun it was to decorate my room by cutting out pictures from National Geographic magazines. My friend KC had a few pictures on her wall and I found out from her that I could get magazines for almost nothing at a thrift store. She helped me tape them up on my wall so they’re not plain white anymore. Thanks, National Geographic.

What's your secret skill?

Ask me to do a magic card trick!

Who are your idols/inspirations?

I have a lot of friends around me that I am so grateful for that inspire me everyday.(: I like to look up to Kina Grannis as a singer/artist/overall human being. I got to meet her last year and she is so kind and genuinely happy. I love how when you listen to her sing
you can hear her smile. She is just so passionate about what she does.

What's your sartorial signature?

I have two necklaces that I regularly wear and they’re both very special to me. One of them is my triangle necklace that I got at a Kina concert. The other one is of a mermaid that my late grandfather found. He was known for going on walks for hours all over Webster Groves, and he would find all kinds of little treasures and one day he found this mermaid and he brought it home and my grandmother took a green ribbon and made it into a necklace for me. It is one of my favorite things I have and I wear it to honor my grandfather.

What does being a doof mean to you?

Something I've found is that adventure doesn’t have to be extravagant. Although adventure is exploring things you haven’t seen or understood before and doing something out of your normal routine, it doesn’t have to be a great production. I realized this recently while going on sunrise walks, and driving to parks at dawn, because those are some of the simplest things. I think that being a doof is knowing that some of best adventures come from exploring what we do not normally see in the ordinary.

Quote or phrase that you live by?

“Nothing can ever happen twice, in consequence the sorry fact is we arrive here improvised and leave without the chance to practice.” This is the opening line to a poem that we read sophomore year of high school during carpe diem week I believe. I wrote the line out and it’s been taped to my wall ever since.

“When they make fun of your accent, I will take you swimming, because we all sound the same underwater.” This is one from Sara Kay who is my favorite spoken word poet. She has a really great Ted Talk if you don’t know who she is.

Words of advice for millenials?

I would say that while caring for other people is great, spending time to get to know you and figure out what’s best for yourself can be hard, but it’s really important. It’s good to be alone sometimes. Get to know yourself.

What's your take on feminism?

I don’t want to live in a world that’s afraid and I think people should be free to be as masculine or as feminine as they so please regardless of their biological gender.

Talk about something you think is important?

My Sociology teacher put this on the board a few times: “Pain from weakness. Pain from strength. Pick your pain.” I think this is such an important idea because it’s basically realizing that there’s no avoiding pain. Pain is inevitable because it takes a little pain to get somewhere good, and if you don’t go through any pain, you won’t get anywhere, which is the true pain of it all. I think this is so important because we can either choose to go through the motions of daily life and not really get anything out of it all, or we can push our boundaries and make the pain really worth it.

Anything else you'd like to talk about or add?

I’d just like to say that Kelly, Maggie and Molly are some of the most fun and fascinating people I’ve had the pleasure to meet. I love you doofs <3




Thank you so much to Bethany, who is truly beautiful inside and out. We are so lucky to have a friend like you...to more of those adventures to come :) 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

NYFW Fall Ready-To-Wear 2016


Once again, we give you our New York Fashion Week highlights. This time, it's Fall Ready-To-Wear and there was A LOT to love. The amount of shows that occur each season really does get overwhelming, and while we once tried to keep up with it all, we have started to just pay attention to the designers we love and keep coming back to. So here, we give you our top five shows from this fashion week. We really do love some funk and over the top everything. Enjoy!! 


Libertine


Year by year, this is becoming our favorite brand ever. It is absolutely irresistible. Outrageous yet fierce, prints so wild, a mix of men and women... it doesn't get any better. Not only are the clothes impeccable, but the actual runway show is so entertaining to watch. This year, the theme was a protest, and the models came parading out at the finale, protest signs in hand, 'feel the bern' and other slogans written all over, models carrying each other on their backs and running around... it is so thrilling, and so refreshing in the realm of oh-so-serious fashion shows this week. We cannot get enough. Definitely the number one highlight this season. 





Jeremy Scott 


Duuuude. What a show. This was the epitome of fashion week for us. I mean, the bright colors, eighties influence, roller disco meets rocker chic attitude, and boldness of it all is inspiring. We want to BE that girl, we want to know that guy. Never has cow print and fishnets looked so good. Jeremy Scott never fails to wow the audience with his retro vibes, and coolness factor. Between Libertine and  Jeremy Scott, fashion was definitely not taken too seriously this year. And of course, we've got our girl Karlie Kloss opening the show...that's a winner. gg  







Mara Hoffman


 Mara Hoffman has always been a favorite of ours since attending her show back in 2012, and again in 2013. The coolest part of her work is how each season she mimics different muses in her life through the clothes she designs. Last season it was Willie Nelson, and this season it was more Grace Jones, Jerry Hall, and Cher. She took her looks and made them less be achy and more eclectic dinner party, much moodier. And it works. The bold prints and over the top proportions are KILLER. We will always be in love with Mara's looks. 



Creatures of Comfort


Dust rose and acid yellow are an unexpected but incredible mix. Creatures of Comfort has always delivered, but this season's looks were way too good. The random hearts embroidered on tops and dresses, the denim on denim, the velvet!!! It is just all too good. It's the kind of stuff that could border on tacky and weird but hits the mark at the perfectly eccentric, just refined-enough kind of taste. We want it allll. 




Zimmerman


Wow. There is so much going on here at Zimmerman, and we aren't mad about it. That pink though! Yes, the looks are borderline absurd, but they are perfectly styled, and leave us wondering..."could I pull that off??" There is something so intriguing and jazzy about the collection, making it one of our top favorites this season. Crazy is the new refined apparently. 




And lastly, here are a few more images from designers we loved this year...

Rosie Assoulin 



 Threeasfour



Vivienne Tam 



Hope you enjoyed! Stay tuned for a lot more content, coming soon... 

All photos from http://www.vogue.com/?us_site=y

Monday, February 22, 2016

Eating Disorder Awareness Week



This week is Eating Disorder Awareness Week, something we find very important to concern ourselves with. Figuring out how to love your body is one of the most difficult things to do, especially in this era of social media, where everywhere you turn, there are images of perfection that you're told you are supposed to mimic. Especially in the fashion industry, one that we are very in tune to, there is so much pressure to look a certain way, and it can really get to you. Having a positive outlook on our bodies is so important, and teaching young girls, especially, to embrace their flaws and develop self-confidence is the best way to start that. We encourage you all to take a look at Project Heal's #WhatMakesMeBeautiful campaign. They are an amazing organization promoting a healthy body outlook and acting as a platform for women to share their struggles and triumphs in regards to eating disorders. I know having a positive outlook on my body has never been easy for me, and it is reassuring to know that those struggling with that now have a great outlet in Project Heal to share what they are going through and learn from others. The Doofykooks promote all shapes and sizes, because it is what's on the inside that truly matters when it comes down to it. Here are some shots of us loving life, embracing ourselves, and celebrating each other. Support the people around you doofs! Everyone deserves to practice self-love and receive that from others :))  










Sunday, February 21, 2016

Cherokee Street Part 34527549011




Photos taken by Emily Killeen

 Isn't it funny how you can go to a place many times and never get bored of it? I mean of course there's your house or apartment or just your living place, but a special cafe or street or park is a little different. You have to put a little more effort into going. Well, my sisters and I, as well as our friends have ventured to Cherokee Street lots of times! It's nicknamed "Antique Row" and lives up to that name. Every other building is some sort of antique or resale shop. However, there are also other shops and food places that are quite splendid. A fantastic cafe is "The Mud House", where you can never go wrong with the food you choose. (Food pictures are from here). A few other favorite stores we stop by whenever we come down here are: "The Heirloom Room" which is a little nick-knack and antique store; and "Retro 101" a funkyoffish antique clothing store with a lot of variety. We hope to add more stores to our go-to list. As well as travel to the other side of the street which I have only done once, for St. Louis Fashion Week






















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